A Rustic Christmas in Creams and Tans

I shared last week that I’ll be staying on as a Designer on the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge until the end of the year.  Yippee!  I love these challenges and can’t wait to share the upcoming projects with you.  What fun!

Today’s project is a rustic card in creams, tans and browns.  Last week I went dark brown with Lesley’s Neutrals Challenge (see that project here), but I’m keeping it light and airy with this weeks’ super-fun challenge from Nina.  Here’s my project:

Trendy Trims, Watercolor Winter Too, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MM133

And here’s the banner for this week’s Merry Monday challenge:

133Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Clean and Layered.  If you are new to my blog, then welcome.  I love a clean project, and I love a tailored look.  More than anything, though, I love a project that is clean and layered.  Even though the focal point is simple, I love when I can back with layers of luscious cardstock.  For this look, I combined layers of Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper to support the Whisper White panel in the center.
  • That Sled.  The sled featured front-and-center is from Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit.  Before punching out the sled, I used my AquaPainter to grab Soft Suede ink and paint the entire sled.  The kit comes with a paint brush (score!), but my AquaPainters are always in reach, so I grabbed one of them.  I love Stampin’ Up!’s kits.  I don’t always use them for the projects they are designed for (although that sometimes comes in handy), but I can always use all the pieces.
  • You’re So Square.  I don’t know if square cards are more formal or more modern, but I love them.  When I want to make an impact, I make it square.  The layering is so much easier, too, and that’s bonus enough for me to settle in on a square card when I want to add lots of delicious card stock.

Stamp Sets:  Watercolor Winter Too, Trendy Trims  Papers:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Soft Suede  Accessories:  AquaPainter, Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to The Merry Monday site to check out the projects the other designers have created!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. now THAT is a beautiful card! (not that they all aren’t!)

  2. Nicely done, Brian! Lovely card!

  3. Love the sled ! I have seen it done in a couple of colors ,but yours looks like it is a real one ! Yes,this is a tailored card in all it`s beauty . Well done …

  4. FABULOUS!!!! Love, love!

  5. Super CAS card but that sled added wow factor! Love it!

  6. Simply beautiful, Brian… The shading on the sled makes it look so real. Love this.

  7. Love the “old-fashioned” look. 🙂

  8. Love that card! Even more brilliant than usual. I predict you will win the challenge!

  9. “Rosebud….” (couldn’t resist…great card Brian!)

  10. BRIAN, that is so cute , I love it , so real !!!
    Hugs Frenchie ,

  11. Great card – I love using neutrals whenever I can – it is a shame that SU didn’t offer that sled as a die or separate from the kit. Same for the wooden snowflakes from the Stars Kit – great accessories for the holidays with so many uses.

    Love your cards.

  12. Hi Brian. I love your card with that wonderful, battered looking sled. You’ve really given it a vintage feel. TFS

  13. I love me some white space and you have provided it so beautifully on this card, Brian. The sled is perfect for this challenge and I love all the layers showcasing your central panel. And I totally agree about square cards – there’s just something special about them.

  14. Love this card and the colors are great. I would never thought of using them. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  15. Love it Brian. Your sled look like something I would find outside a wintery lodge.

  16. Wow, what a beautiful card! That kit really did nothing for me, but you really turned it into a WOW card!

  17. Love the card! The colors make it very vintage. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

  18. Great card Brian – the sled is fabulous but what pulled it together for me was the twine. Absolutely gorgeous!

  19. Such a fabulous card, Brian!! Love the sled and the masculine feel to your rustic card! Perfect!!! PS….So happy your staying on with us till the end of the year! WooHoo! 🙂

  20. Stunning – as always! Love the rustic sled.
    Lou xo

  21. Love this clean and simple card! It’s fabulous!

  22. Beautifully matted Brian! Another gorgeous card!!!

    Deanne 🙂

  23. Love that sled and the square card! Awesome! Hope you’re having a great week!

  24. Love that sled and the square card!!! Perfect. Have a great week.

  25. Love the way you’ve colored the sled, Brian! All that gorgeous white space looks just like a field of snow for the sled….Christmas joy indeed! Great card!

  26. Terrific card, Brian! Love the designer paper–looks perfect here!

  27. Wonderful simple and rustic card, Brian – this is great!

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